Dane Court Grammar Schools’ girls Rugby league teams have a busy schedule coming up with three teams having reached the National Finals Tournament. Last year saw one team qualify after winning the county and South East Regional Finals before travelling to Lancashire where they eventually finished in 5th place from the 8 teams that made it through their respective area campaigns. This year our U13, U14 and U15 sides have all made great strides to reach this prestigious stage of the Rugby League Champions Schools Cup.
The U13 (year 8) side have improved most with a number of girls joining their friends for the first time in playing this fast, physically demanding game. As with all new games basic technique has to be allied with the confidence to engage with the physical challenge and the girls have stepped up to that challenge. Power, pace and courage are all on show in ever game and the team is superbly lead by captain Macy Bowerbank.
The U14 (year 9) team have also had an influx of players which has added depth to their squad and strengthened their confidence. They too, are well led by captain Keira Hulks and she has plenty of skillful backup in her team.
For the U15 (year 10) girls this will be a return to Warrington where they played so well last year. Several girls are now reaping the rewards of three years experience in the game and can call on the benefits gained from some of the girls’ regular involvement in rugby union, including skipper Abbie Debling - already a World Youth 7s tournament winner.
So a long day awaits in the second week of May as the girls travel north to pit their skills against the country’s best schools, we congratulate them and wish them well.